Monday, December 16, 2013

Dec 16, 2013 2 Years on the Mission

This Saturday marks 24 months on the mission.  Wow.  I really feel like I have so much to improve and learn.  I feel more humble than when I started my mission.  I want to give everything I have these last two weeks.  

I just wanted to remind everyone about Elder Ballard's apostolic invitation to invite someone to Christ before Christmas.  If you have already done it, then you can do it again.  There are some amazing things we are promised if we participate in this.

I love you all and wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Next week because of Christmas, I won't be writing on Monday.  I may write a little on Christmas day.

I will be praying for you that you may become even more dedicated to Christ this Christmas.  I hope that your prayers will be with me and my family too this Christmas season.

I know that the Book of Mormon is True.  It changes lives and destinies.  Christ lives.  Joseph Smith is His prophet.  The Lord loves each and everyone one of us.  This is His Church.  In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dec 9, 2013 My Birthday Was Great

My Birthday was great!  What did I do?  Weekly planning and missionary work!  YEAH!  really no difference from any day.  

It was a fantastic week.  The girl who was baptized three weeks ago is in 2nd Nephi chapter 6.  We are super excited with how consistent and dedicated she is.  She is going to endure to the end!

Monday night my comp was sick.  He had a fever and felt terrible.  We bought some medicine, and because I couldn't find anyone to stay with him and work with me, I stayed and cleaned the apartment.  It shined afterwards!  Elder Oyarzun asked for a blessing that night.  And the next day he was much better.  So we were able to work.

Later in the week we felt like we should pass by a less active family.  So we went and they were super excited to receive us!  I was very impressed because before they didn't want to hear anything.  Then we found out that the Grandmother (who isn't a member and is in her mid 70's)  was praying that we would come that day.  She wanted to listen to us.  We gave them a Book of Mormon, and the next day they went to church with us!  BINGO!   (But not really, because missionaries don't play Bingo)

Sunday night we had a big surprise in that we received permission to go to the Christmas devotional.  It started at 10 pm local time and ended at 11:30 . . . but President gave us permission to go.  We went with a less active brother.  It was wonderful.  Very different from past devotionals.

Have a great week!  I have to go to work!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, December 2, 2013

Dec 2, 2013 Don't Be Trunky

Week one of this transfer was a long week.  Mainly because I remembered that it was my last transfer.  This week was better but there still were constant reminders.  Last night as I put Dec 1 in my Journal, I realized how easy it was to know how many days I have left knowing that I leave the last day of the month.  UGH!

Don't  Be Trunky

Haha.  Today though I was impressed by one of the missionary `giants`that we have in this mission.  He extended his mission and is super determined to give 100% to the end.  I want to be like that!

That being said . . . 

This week was fun.  After a long door contact where the man repeatedly denied letting us enter into his home, I told him ``Usted esta equivocando feo no aceptando nos``  (You are making a big mistake in not letting us in).  He didn`t like that answer too much.  But we got to be sincere right?
haha yeah . . . kind of lost my patience.  But it felt really good to say it.

Anyways, This is going to be an exciting week!  We have Christmas Zone Conference!

Have a great week!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Letters get to me in about 3 weeks.  I am in Salta so I get things when they come.  But that being said, this week should probably be the last week you send me anything by mail.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Nov 25, 2013 Baptism and Surprise Hike

Well I have like no time . . . Surprise!

Today my companion suggested we go to a see a famous monument (Monument to General Martin Miguel de Guemes) here in Salta.  So we did, and while we were there I saw a trail.  And we followed the trail.  And we followed the trail.  And we followed the trail.  About half an hour later we got to the top of the hill.  Super cool view.  Don´t know if it was the best idea to hike in the middle of the day without water or planning.  But it all turned out great, we rode the ski lift down.

This week we had a baptism!  E was baptized.  The cool thing is that the ward is already fighting over what calling she is going to have.  Hopefully she can be interviewed and get a calling soon.  

She didn´t want to listen to us when we first started going and were teaching the rest of the family.  But when she came, she prayed, received her answer and followed it.  She is constantly reading and invited a bunch of friends to the baptism.

Have a great week!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, November 18, 2013

Nov 18, 2013 Last Transfer

Today we begin my last transfer.  I have so much that I need to learn and do this transfer.  Its exciting.

This last week was a good one.  Elder Oyarzun did something that I have never done.  After a lunch appointment, he opened his Book of Mormon and shared a scripture about Tithing, asked them what they understood about the doctrine, and asked them what they were going to do to live it.  The incredible thing is that the father of the family is less active.  And he came to church this Sunday and paid his tithing.

I guess we can all learn to be more bold and straightforward when sharing the gospel.  Sometimes I complicate things by saying too much.  I have had more success in baptizing when I went to Tucuman.  The big difference there was that I spoke slower and more simply.  I was obligated to speak slower because nobody understood me.  The local dialect was a little different to the Spanish I was used to.  And usually people listen better when we speak slowly and softly.

I remember Mr. Clark (Now Elder Clark)  had a sign on his wall.  

K.I.S.S.  - Keep It Simple Stupid.  
He was right.

 Today I said goodbye to a few Elders.  Elder Zulauf (Hi family in Cali!)  and Elder Barton from the MTC.

I also saw Elder Garbanzo in the Terminal.
*Elder Taylor Ball*

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Nov 12, 2013 Members Are the Key to the Work!

Attached are two pictures, one of Elder Oyarzun and I outside of our apartment.  And the other of the view outside of the window where we study.

So much that I could write about this week.  This week we had Leadership Council for the mission.  The leaders in all of the providences of the mission come together and we council with President Levrino about what the mission needs.  I learned lots.

Saturday was fantastic.  During companionship study we thought about church attendance and realized that some investigators didn{t have friends in the church. So we called up a family and ended up going with 3 youth to a visit.  On the way we reviewed the lesson material with them and we quizzed them in a fun way.  We had a fun lesson with that family, and as we were leaving it occurred to me that we could go to another home.  We went to visit another youth investigator and had a fantastic lesson.  We focused on committing him to invite his family to come to church.  A friend of his that we didn{t know was also there and even though he didn{t want to at first, with the Book of Mormon and Youth Testimonies he was super excited.  So excited that his friend who hadn{t heard about us before committed to invite his family to church.

Miracles happen.

Love you all!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, November 4, 2013

Nov 4, 2013 Working with Members

I love how President Monson is so focused on working with members.  We have a lot to do to improve in this aspect, but Sunday night was extraordinary in this way.  We passed by a returned missionary and we asked her for a referral, and then we asked her to go with us to present us. 

Afterwards we went with a couple to visit a family that hasn't been progressing.  We sat back and let the members do the teaching.  haha, we just shared a scripture.  It was great because they had a bad experience the last time they went to church because their children were misbehaving.  The members we went with have 11 kids, so they were able to share a few of their own horror stories.  They committed them to go to church, and they promised to go by and look for them Sunday morning.

We were then hurrying to our last visit.  We had a detour and went by a member’s house.  The dad is less active and is our young men president.  He said no, but we insisted.  Finally he said that he would drive us there.  My companion said, I accept.  (It sounds a lot more funny in Spanish)  then because the visit fell through, we talked with him in the car for a while, and helped come up with some goals to improve some things in his life. Tonight we are going to bring some investigators and have a family home evening in his house.

Elder Oyarzun is an amazing missionary.  I am learning a lot!

Have a great week!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, October 28, 2013

Oct 28, 2013 This Halloween I am going to dress up like a missionary!

Vinagre Apples, Church Tours, and Interviews

I have a great recipe that you should never try.  Take green apples. and slice it super thin.  Then add salt and red wine vinagre.  And presto!  A recipe from my Chileno companion that makes me want to never eat apples ever again!  Yeah!!!

This week was great!  We have been talking a bunch about increasing church attendance.  A lot of missionaries caught the vision and had several more investigators at church.  We had 8, but 4 escaped before sacrament meeting.  So . . . we went afterwards to chat with them, but 8 investigators came to the classes!  

A returned missionary from Mendosa is helping us a lot.  In her mission they did a bunch of tours of the church.  So she invited another sister in the ward and they did church tours Saturday morning.  It was fantastic.  4 investigators came to church because of the activity.  Then the Bishop got very excited, so he had us and the sisters talk about it in church.

One of the cool things about being in Salta is that we get to interact more with President here.  Today my companion and I had interviews with him.  One of the things that he said was that we are not here to manipulate people, we are here to invite them with power.  

I am learning. The Book of Mormon is super powerful

I love you all!  Happy Halloween!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Here is a picture of last week’s baptism.

Last week’s crazy rain shower.  We took of our shoes to cross the street.

And we played soccer this morning.  I did not play in church clothes, but this is us leaving afterwards

Monday, October 21, 2013

Oct 21, 2013 Happy Mother’s Day in Argentina! (And everywhere else Happy 21st of October)

This week we had interviews with President Levrino.  It went by super quick.  The main theme was being obedient because we love God, and correcting with love.  It was very quick. I got my temple recommend renewed.  I am ready to go to the temple again.  (It´s been a while . . . )  After that I went on divisions with Elder Jones.  

Elder Jones is a fantastic missionary.  He is a workaholic who is super focused and determined.  I loved working with him.  I mentioned that after the mission I wanted to read a talk by Joseph Smith.  He just happened to have it on hand, and so I read it in 20 minutes.  I learned a lot about Joseph Smith´s character in the talk.  Something that I think would be impossible to recreate on film.  Leaving there was a deep doctrine talk that I saw in his apartment.  He told me I could take it, and I was super tempted, but I ended up saying no.  Plenty of time for that after the mission.

I had a weird dream about talking with an old man about coming back to the church.  I remember it because I was talking with him in English. (I am used to teaching in Spanish in my dreams).  I asked him if his home teachers visited him every month.  He said that they did, but that they didn´t do it because they cared about him, they only did it to complete their duty. I woke up and thought a lot about the dream.  I don´t usually remember my dreams.  I feel that is something I could work on.  It’s great that I am working so hard to help people get to the celestial kingdom, but I guess a lot of times I am doing it because it’s the right thing to do, and not so much because I want them to have their salvation.  Well . . . I guess I can add that to the list of things I am working on haha.

I think I drive a lot of my companions crazy when I change lessons last minute.  When I see a need, I like to go straight to it with the scriptures.  I found this scripture to share with a family.

D&C 78
 17 Verily, verily, I say unto you, ye are little children, and ye have not as yet understood how great blessings the Father hath in his own hands and prepared for you;

 18 And ye cannot bear all things now; nevertheless, be of good cheer, for I will lead you along. The kingdom is yours and the blessings thereof are yours, and the riches of eternity are yours.-- 

We need to be grateful for everything.  Especially for our trials.  Without them we could never receive our exaltation. It was a great week.  We ended it with a baptism.  I will send pictures next week!   

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Oct 14, 2013 Life in the City of Miracles

My area is really called City of Miracles.  It´s living up to its name thus far.  I am super excited to be working with Elder Oyarzun.  (There is a picture of him below)  It makes me think about Elder Keele, because I am now living with 3 chilenos.  (Como estai po loco?  Aqui esta to´´o terrible bakan.) 

Well we are starting to get some rain.  I am not complaining, we are heading into summer and I like the cool weather.

I am contacting a lot more people.  Today on the bus I talked with a bunch of people.  It is funny to see reactions that people have.  Some people are desperate not to talk with us.  But most are willing to listen.  Tuesday I contacted someone who practically started to cry telling us about how her daughter died.  It is hailing pretty large pebbles outside.  It is really cool to see, but I don´t think it will last more than 10 minutes.

I gave my first Zone training meeting with Elder Oyarzun.  It is amazing how the spirit guided us to say certain things.

I love you!

Talk with you next week!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, October 7, 2013

Oct 7, 2013 Transfers

I am back in Salta!  In the Cuidad del Milagros!  My comp is Elder Oyarzun.  He is from Chile.  I live with 3 Chilenos, so I am going to come back talking like Elder Keele.

I am happy about the work I was able to do in Universitario.  I learned a lot.  I am excited to be back in Salta.  It is a very different atmosphere.  You never know how many people you have helped for the better until you start saying goodbye.  I feel happy with the work I have done in Universitario.  President Levrino says that my biggest challenge now will be staying focused.  I am going to stay focused.  

General Conference was amazing.  There is always so much for all of my investigators.  It kills me when I think about all the revelation some of my investigators lost by not going to conference.  We must not take for granted our priesthood leaders.

I don´t have lots of time, but I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sept 30, 2013 Baptism, Conference

I brought my camera this morning, but somehow the internet was down.  So we tried again this afternoon with a prayer and God blessed us. We have a lot more blessings that we think. But I forgot my camera . . .

A great young man was baptized this week.  Super cool.  He and his nephew (They are both 12 years old) ended up looking for 2 lifelong members and waking them up to bring them to church.  YEAH!!!!  Go Converts!

I had SOOO much that I was going to say . . . but now I have forgotten it all.  I have very little time.

We had zone conference.  Life changing.  I am learning more about repentance.  The mission is cool because we learn to apply things we have heard all our life but haven´t understood.

I am so Excited for Conference!  Pray that investigators come!!!!


*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sept 23, 2013 Fire Fighters, Leandro, and Recent Converts

Family History Work should really be called Fire Fighting, because if we don't do the work, the world is in trouble when the Lord comes again.  (I guess it is really fire prevention then, but Fire Fighting sounds WAY cooler than Fire Preventing). This week we invited all of our recent converts and the less active families that we are working with to come with us to the Family History Center.  We had the great attendance of 2 people.  Elder Arendarczuk and me.  We have been talking a lot about family history, but I guess some people just need to find the spirit of Elijah for themselves.

I had one of the most spiritual baptismal interviews of my mission.  There is a man named Leandro, who has been working with missionaries for several months to overcome some serious addictions that he has.  It is amazing how much effort it takes to quit drinking.  We had the interview in the Sacrament Room  (I know Sacrament Room sounds wrong, but salon sacramental is the only name I can think of)  The lights were cut in the middle of the interview, but there was light outside and the emergency power lights.  Leandro has such a strong testimony.  His missionaries told me that his baptism was one of the most spiritual baptisms in his mission.

Everyone has been foretelling my future.  And by everyone I mean two people.  But it’s weird.  

One of our Recent Converts has been helping a family member receive the missionary discussions.  His cousin is going to be baptized this week.  The coolest part about teaching him is that we didn't have to invite him to read the Book of Mormon.  He did that.  And he made his cousin ask God if it was true too.  Studs.

Another convert has been sharing the gospel with all the world.  She takes her Book of Mormon everywhere she goes and wants to serve a mission.

Recent Converts are the best.  I think we all need to be a little more 'recent converted'

Well I will be sure to add pictures next week! Have a great week!


*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sept 15, 2013 New members, cooking lessons, and weather turn arounds

You thought Utah weather was crazy.  This week started out about 100 degrees and ended in the 50s.  I’ve got a stuffy nose haha.  But it is nice because it is harder to sleep when it is so hot.

Our last baptism has been doing some missionary work.  He invited one of his friends (who is also his uncle . . . same age) to a piano class that I gave.  Super cool guy.  I think the third time I saw him, he told me that he wanted to be baptized.  He wanted to be baptized this Saturday, but I told him he had to go to church first haha.  It’s nice because this way they can read the Book of Mormon together. His parents watched the DVD we left with them, The Restoration.  The only problem was that they put it in English. . . sigh haha but we are going to go and talk with his family.

This Sunday was the ward Primary Program.  I had to sight read the music. . . . AHHHH did not go amazing.  Practice helps.  It was mostly good, but I freaked out with A Child’s Prayer.  Definitely a song that needs practice.  I have gotten much better at sight reading on my mission.  After the program, the director of the music went up to conduct the last song.  She looked at me and I shook my head.  I was burnt from playing.  I ended up playing half way through. 

This morning we taught a family how to make pancakes and chocolate chip cookies.  It was so funny to see their reactions to maple syrup.  

Attached is a picture of a popular flour brand here in Argentina.  I don’t think a lot of people would like it back home.

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sept 9, 2013 Don't Sweat it Joe

I don´t know who Joe is, but it´s a good name that goes with the first part of the title.  Last week I kind of freaked out because of a family that we are working with, who have some Jehovah Witness roots started to go all JW on us.  I was frustrated and spent a few hours Sunday night studying up special biblical scriptures to prove that we are right.  I proudly presented my list Monday thinking that it was going to solve EVERYTHING.  The thing is it only made everything worse.

Don´t get me wrong.  We should study and be ready to help people find the doctrine in the Bible.  We did that this week with a recent convert who started to have some doubts because she didn´t believe that God had a body.  We shared a few scriptures and she was good as new.  She said it was such a relief to know that she wasn´t in a false church.  But it didn´t work that way with the other family.

In the end I found out the best thing I could do was take away the list I gave them and focus on the normal discussions with them.  I didn´t make the list to Bible Bash.  But I guess that´s how it came across.  Bible Bashing doesn´t work.

Haha this week we were walking in a street when a Protestant Minister stopped us.  He started spouting out doctrine quoting about One God, One Faith, One Baptism.  He asked to see my Book of Mormon and saw a picture that I had inside. ´´AHA Graven Images!´´ he said.  And then he doubled the cover all the way over until it touched the back cover.  That was when he went too far.  You can say what you want, but when you start to mess with my scriptures, it's time to go. I told him to give me back my book.  He held onto it for a few more seconds.  I ordered him to let go of my book.  He let go.  We walked away.

The mission is full of experiences like that.  The Jehovah Witness family went to church this last Sunday.  We are now focusing on helping them have family home evenings.  There are a bunch of things that happen in life, but you can´t let it get you down.  Humor Helps.

In Argentina it is not uncommon to see people making out everywhere.  When we passed by a couple kissing, Elder Arendarczuk said, ´´Ugh, pornography.´´ I laughed so hard.

Well that is really all I have time for.  I am attaching some pictures so that you all can print them out and add them to your personal shrines of me.  
*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, September 2, 2013

Sept 2, 2013 Trust in God

Trust in God

Nahuel was baptized!!!  (Pronounced Nawell)  He is the first person that I have baptized on my mission that I found by myself.  Everyone else has come from less active families, references, or recent converts.  The kid is awesome.  He is super excited to get the priesthood.  He lives really close to members who have a kid his age, so we have some good fellowshipping going on!

This week we have been focusing a lot on finding.  (We are baptizing all of our old investigators!  So we need new ones!)  I have had a few experiences like that, when people get their answers super quick they don't appreciate it as much.  But we left him with a Book of Mormon.  Someday . . .
Sunday afternoon we went to go visit a less active family.  A cousin was there and they didn't want to receive us because she was passing through a hard time.  I asked her if she had been praying to God for help.  She said yes.  We said, "Well we are here, will you let us in?"
She let us in.

I love being able to testify.  I read that Bruce R. McConkie once said “The crowning, convincing, converting power of gospel teaching is manifest when an inspired teacher says, ‘I know by the power of the Holy Ghost, by the revelations of the Holy Spirit to my soul, that the doctrines I have taught are true’” (Bruce R. McConkie, quoted in Teaching, No Greater Call, 43).  I love doing that.
Well that{s my week!

 Go to Church.  Repent, and Be Baptized!

*Elder Taylor Ball*
Baptism and my bishop healed my shoes.  Or put new soles on.  Either way.  It rocks having a Bishop who fixes shoes.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Aug 26, 2013 Transfers! Exciting super busy week!

Transfers!  And I am going . . . . . .  to stay!  Yeah!  I am really excited because two of the sisters of Ruth came to church on Sunday.  It was SO wonderful to see a family come together to church.  One of them has decided to be baptized!  

Sunday night we visited a family for the first time.  They had people visiting them so we ended up teaching eleven people.  It was really fun to teach a big group.  We weren’t able to teach very much, but I am excited for our next lesson this week.

Elder Arendarczuk is staying too.  He is a little shy, but he is very sincere and very observant. 

  Elder Casperson.  A Stud.

My District this last Transfer. Left to right.  Elder Trinidad was trained by Elder Gillis.  
Elder Harmon was in my first district.  Me. Elder Arendarczuk, Elder Carcamo, Elder Garbanzo


*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, August 19, 2013

Aug 2013 Christ Statute, Baptism, Teaching

Well last Monday I went to see the famous Christ statue they have here in Tucuman, apparently it is one of the biggest Christ statues in the world.

It was cool.  Really different from what I am used to doing every day.  It was a fun activity.  There was a mini museum inside that I used to learn all the small little trivia about the mountain that I used to annoy all that went with me. 

We had a baptism this week.  She is a really sweet little girl.  Her mom is coming back to the church.  We had to have had bravery when we invited her to be baptized last Thursday.  It was our 2nd lesson with her and she accepted to be baptized in 10 days.  She had already been to church when she was littler so she learned everything quickly.  We are going to take our time while we teach her the recent convert lessons.

The girl who was baptized a few weeks back keeps cruising through the Book of Mormon. She just finished Jacob.

We had interviews with President.  I asked him what I was lacking to become the missionary the Lord wants me to be.  We talked a little about the Young Rich Merchant, and about how we can´t conform to where we are, we always have to aspire for more.

Had an interesting lesson with a man that we have been teaching for a while.  He has a patch over one eye because of an accident at work.  He asked if God was punishing him.  I shared with him a story from the Bible when Christ explained that a man was blind not because of his sins.  Then we talked about the purpose of trials in this life.  It was neat because I felt a lot more confidence answering that question than I would have before my mission.

Wow, time passes by so quickly.  I have like no time to write.  But I love you all!  Keep working hard and striving to always be something more than what you are today!

Elder Ball

Monday, August 12, 2013

July 12, 2013 A great family

Another exciting week!  Samira was baptized at last!  Missionaries have been visiting the family since April.  The best part is that her dad baptized her.  

Her family is one of my favorite families here in Universitario (I have a bunch of favorites)  They are members that went inactive about 6 years back, and the ward has helped a lot in visiting them to help the mom come back.  Funny note - We had the couple go with us to visit investigators to teach while the mom was still inactive.  I take less active members and put them to work!  I have another less active member making a DVD for me of the Leadership Training from February.  (Remember how the First Presidency asked that all the families and ward councils watch the training and discuss its principles?) Anyhoo . . . Doing what I can to help the work explode here.
We thought we had invitations, but we didn´t.  So we had to go running around last minute to make some last minute invitations for her baptism.  We had 5 investigators at the baptism.

One of the scariest things was inviting the daughter of a reactivating member to be baptized last week.  I still sometimes hesitate in extending baptismal invitations.  I need to have more faith and do it more confidently, but there is always something to improve here in the field.

I made Chocolate Chip Cookies today and now we are going to the hills for a hike this afternoon.  PARTY!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, August 5, 2013

Aug 5, 2013 Barney, Baptism, and French Fries (see photo)


On the way to the cyber I saw Barney.  He waved and my companion waved, but I didn´t.  Purple Dinosaurs just don´t make as much sense as they did 15 years ago.  (I do remember my favorite episode was when Barney got the car though . . .)

She got Baptized!!! YEaH!  We have been working with her family since we got here.  I was about to drop them when we changed our focus with them to the Book of Mormon,  They started fighting over the book because everyone wanted to read at the same time, so we keep on giving them more copies.  If they are going to read them, then the Book of Mormons are theirs.  Haha, one of her´s sisters didn´t want to listen to us much, but saw her mom and her reading so much that she wanted to find out what was so interesting.  Mua ha ha!

She read up to Jacob before her baptism.  I think she is the most prepared person I have baptized yet.  Her baptism was a wonderful spiritual feast.

As a district we have a CRAZY goal for baptisms for the month.  30 baptisms for six elders.  We are going to do it!  Haha well, the Lord is going to do it and we are going to try and not get in the way by being disobedient, distracted, or fearful.

I love you all!


*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, July 29, 2013

July 29, 2013 No Time

I have no time!  AHHHHH!!! haha Today we went Downtown to buy some things for the apartment.  (I LOOOVE Refrigerators.

I am teaching a less active family.  The dad is super cool, he just needs to change a few things.  I shared with him things that my Dad did for us to keep us centered in the gospel.  

Have a great week!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013 Time flies, jumps and hops by

Time flies, jumps and hops by. I cannot believe it is Monday!

Last night I had some wonderful lessons.  We were on divisions and I was with the 2nd counciler of the ward.  (I can´t speeeellll Bishopbrick . . . haha I am losing my English!  You have NO idea how hard these letters are becoming!) He pointed to a house and told me that the people there were members, so I went to go knock the door, the counciler was really worried, but we got in and met with an awesome family.  Most of them were youth age or primary aged.  I shared a scripture in D&C 59 were it talks about stains and the sacrament.  It was a really fun lesson, we goofed off a lot and ended it super spiritual.  I asked for a reference from every member of the family and got one.  GOLDEN.

One day this week, (Don´t ask me which, its all a blur)  every lesson we had fudged us.  It was crazy.  And somehow we ended up at a house of a member.  I had passed by there once to talk with the inactive brother in the house, but we hadn´t found him before.  We talked and shared a bunch of scriptures.  Afterwards he told us that in 8 years we were the first to come and share scriptures with him.  He´s going to be active soon.  Pray for Miguel.  

Not all is sun and roses, and we don´t always see the fruits of our work.  One brother got offended pretty bad last Sunday and swore never to go back to church.  The missionary that baptized his family was visiting them and we went over to talk about the importance of forgiving, but he isn´t willing to let it go right now.  I hope he does soon.  We were there for about an hour.  (Usually visits should only be about 45 minutes max, and we weren´t planning on visiting him at that time, but I felt like we should pass by, so we did)

Elder Arendarsuk is from Buenos Aires.  A very humble man who recognizes his weaknesses and knows why he is here.  The Lord is going to work miracles with this Elder.  I am excited.  He has about 6 months in the mission.

Love you all!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Candy Package!!!! YEAAAHHHH I am going to eat Chinese food this week!  Today!!!! CCCCHOCOLATE!!!! WHOOOT!!! I will neither confirm nor deny having a breakfast of chocolate this morning.  Good thing my mom sent toothbrushes too.

Also Me in the streets of Tucuman.  

and My new comp!

Monday, July 15, 2013

July 15, 2013 Transfers

Transfers!  Elder Ortiz is being transferred and I am receiving a companion with a name I can´t pronounce yet. Elder Arendarsuk. (spelling?).

I am excited for my ward.  We are seeing some nice growth, we just need to stay focused and we will get there.  We have two really awesome baptisms on the horizon.  The Bishop’s son committed to be baptized next week. We also committed Ruth to be baptized.  

I am discovering that the best way to get members to help us in the work is to help them feel the spirit.  There is a member in our ward who always tells us that he has no time because he is studying.  I went and shared a scripture in Lucas 2 that talks about Christ growing, 52 And Jesus aincreased in bwisdom and stature, and in cfavour with God and man. And I shared about how it is important to have a balanced life.  He changed his clothes quickly and went to accompany us.

I am starting to see why the Lord sent me here to this ward.  I am excited because I see how I can help this ward grow.  

Have a great week!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, July 8, 2013

July 8, 2013 July

This week was a busy, busy week. We are teaching a LOT! This Thursday we had a zone meeting with President Levrino. He talked about the importance of understanding who we are and our calling. He talked about how missionary work is changing. The Lord is revealing and teaching exciting new things about the Work of Salvation. The focus is more on helping people get to the celestial kingdom. We are here to help members with the work. This is the work of the members. Missionaries are members too, haha, but to achieve real growth, we have to change everything about how we are working.

Elder Ortiz and I were super excited after the training. We went out and had 9 lessons the next day. We were going from one lesson to another to another. It has been exciting to see how things are changing. We are going to see a lot of differences in this area over the next few weeks.

Walking here to the Ciber to write y├íll I paused at a park to take a picture. Two abuelitas (grandmas) were walking behind me as I took a picture to send. They joked about not wanting to be in the picture. So I walked over and contacted them. They asked me if I was getting married soon. I laughed. I asked them if they knew that they could be with their families forever. We have a visit with them planned for tomorrow.  I gave them both a picture of the temple and took a picture with them.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013 Still Clueless

Still Clueless

This week was amazing!  We were able to baptize two super cool kids that were just ready and waiting.  The ward helped us find them.  They were invited to a ward primary activity, and there the mother contacted us and told us that the two kids wanted to be baptized.  We thought that was a great idea.

We are working a lot more with Family Home Evenings. We are going to one tonight where there is another part member family that we will be talking with.  I am excited to be working more with the ward.

This Sunday I gave a talk in sacrament meeting.  I had a few scriptures written out, but I wasn´t exactly sure what I would speak about.  That morning we did divisions to go and look for investigators.  While walking, the member taught me a lot about the ward.  When my turn came to speak, I didn´t know exactly what I was going to say. I asked all of the members (with the bishop's permission) to move 2 benches forward.  Everyone was used to sitting way back in this ward, so it was a fun change.  I talked about God crying in Moses in the Pearl of Great Price, because people didn´t love each other.  I talked about the importance of seeing who is at church and being friends with them.  A sister started to clap at the end of my talk. I felt pretty good after that talk.

God finds a way to keep us humble though.  That night we did divisions again.  We went to the same member's house who went with me that morning.  His wife is not going to church right now.  What happened next was a mixture of codes and code talk that left me bedazzled. I had no clue what was going on. Her husband turned to me in the middle of the lesson and said, ´´This is why you have to bring members to your lessons, Elder.´´  Yes Sir!

Haha well I learned a lot from that lesson last night. One thing I learned is to try and see why people are saying the things they say, and another is patience, another was that we can´t force people to be good, and well the list goes on. We do a lot of good things as missionaries, but in the end, I´m still clueless.  

Good thing that someone smarter than me is directing this work.

Love you guys!  Have a Great Week!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, June 24, 2013

June 24, 2013 I'm Learning How to Juggle

I´m Learning How to Juggle!

I got a letter from a friend who told me about a teacher who was teaching his students how to juggle.  He told his students that every time they dropped a ball not to feel bad, but instead shout ´´YEA I´m LEARNING HOW TO JUGGLE!!´´  Well I am not really learning how to juggle, but I do ´drop the ball´ sometimes and so I think I am going to be yelling that a lot!

I LOVED the broadcast yesterday.  I feel such a renewal of energy and excitement with these inspired changes and enhancements.  I hope everyone has seen the broadcast.  I felt the spirit super strong when they talked about family history.  We are teaching a woman who is super interested, but her husband not so much because of his catholic roots.  I learned last week that we have a family history center here!  I talked with him about family history and he was very interested.  We are going to take him there soon and then baptize him!  Mua ha ha.

This week Elder Ortiz has had a serious case of the sniffles, well, its a bit more serious than that, but I have had to leave him in the care of a member for a few hours so that I could go out and contact our investigators.  We have SO many good things happening in our area!  A half drunk man said ´´Hello Elder´´ to me in the street Tuesday.  I stopped and talked to him. (I wasn´t sure if he was drunk or crazy or neither at first).  We went and talked to his wife who was sick.  We had a great short lesson and left a Book of Mormon.  When I passed by yesterday, they were very happy to talk with us again.

Monday I went to the Double Arches for the first time in a year.  I had a Chicken Bacon Onion Sandwich.  First time having bacon in more than a year.  WONDERFUL.  A lot better than I remembered McDonalds being . . . hmm

Happy Juggling!

Elder Ball